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William David Wister, Sr.

October 24, 1938 — March 4, 2024

Ponte Vedra Beach

William David Wister, Sr.


William David Wister was born in New York City, NY on October 24,1938, and passed away on March 4, 2024 at the Vicar’s Landing Windsor Health Center. He was the son of William Ducasse Wister, Jr. and Helen Albrecht Wister. David grew up in Harrington Park, NJ where he attended the local school and graduated from Dumont High School in 1956.

He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in 1960 where he was President of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Later, he was a proud member of the Marquis Society at Lafayette College. He was commissioned there as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. Following training at Quantico, VA & Camp Pendleton in California, he spent 14 months in the Far East. His third year was at Cherry Point in NC. He was honorably discharged in 1971, a Captain, USMC, Ret.

He met his wife, Carol Lynne Weeks, a student at the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Columbia University in NYC in April 1962, prior to being stationed at Cherry Point, NC. They were married July 27, 1963 at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT in Old Greenwich, CT. They lived in Manhattan until 1966 when they moved to Riverside, CT and in 1972 to Old Greenwich, CT.

In 1963, he began work in NYC at the US Trust Company and at Naess and Thomas (1967) as an Investment Portfolio Manager. In 1969, he joined Cyrus J. Lawrence & Sons as a Senior Portfolio Manager, becoming Vice President in 1973, Senior Vice President & Director in 1976. The company was sold to Morgan Grenfell, Inc. in 1986 and then acquired by Deutsche Bank in 1990. He resigned from Deutsche Bank in 1999 as Managing Director Investment Management. He came full circle when he joined US Trust Company (in Connecticut) as Senior Vice President and retired in 2001.

He lived in Riverside & Old Greenwich, CT from 1966-2002 where Dave was active in Scouting, PTA, a Trustee of the First Congregational Church, and a Director & President of the Rocky Point Club. He ran the Winter Skeet Shooting Program at the Riverside Yacht Club (1990-2003). He was a Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, a North American conservation group of waterfowl & wetlands.

Dave served as Trustee of the Perrot Memorial Library (1989-2001) in Old Greenwich, CT. Retiring to Chatham, MA (2002-2019), he joined the Board of the Eldredge Public Library (2002) and was appointed Treasurer in 2004. He also served as a Trustee & Treasurer of the Nauset Rod & Gun Club in Eastham, MA. He enjoyed years of saltwater fishing and shooting Sporting Clays in various competitions.                             

We moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, the summer of 2019 to Vicar’s Landing, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in November. He lived with Carol in independent living until September 2020 when he moved to the Windsor Health Center.

He is survived by his loving wife; his son, William D. Wister, Jr. (Maggie) of Frisco, TX; daughter, Heather Wister Fouts (Lou) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and grandchildren William D. Wister, III, Cassandra J. Wister, Paul L. Fouts, James J. Fouts and Peter D. Fouts.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. His ashes will be interred in the Columbarium at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Old Greenwich, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care of Jacksonville, FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.

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